July 19, 2008

New Slideshow of Endoscopic Staple Diverticulostomy for Zenker's Diverticulum

A new slideshow describing a patient's experience from check-in to post-procedure recovery after Endoscopic Staple Diverticulostomy (ESD) has been added to our practice's Zenker's Diverticulum website. A total of 12 slides is shown.

Also new is a webpage comparing the different surgical approaches (ESD vs Endoscopic CO2 Laser vs Open Transcervical) to treat Zenker's Diverticulum.

For those not familiar with this procedure, it is a minimally invasive endoscopic approach used to treat patients with Zenker's Diverticulum. A Zenker's Diverticulum is an abnormal pouch located in the throat that traps food resulting in food regurgitation, swallowing difficulties, and aspiration. The neat thing about the ESD procedure is that it takes less than 45 minutes to perform and patients are allowed to start eating that evening. Furthermore, there are no incisions created in the neck. Everything is done through the mouth.

The alternative operation requires an incision in the neck and patients are in the hospital up to 1 week, not allowed to eat or drink during that time period.
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Dr. Christopher Chang is a private practice otolaryngology, head & neck surgeon specializing in the treatment of problems related to the ear, nose, and throat. Located in Warrenton, VA about 45 minutes west of Washington DC, he also provides inhalant allergy testing/treatment, hearing tests, and dispenses hearing aids.

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